NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Newport News fire crews responded a fire at an apartment complex on Rochester Court in the Southeast section of Newport News just before 8 a.m. Sunday.
According to a fire department spokesman, the fire started in two separate second-floor apartments at the Newsome Park Townhomes.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the two-story apartment building with flames coming through the roof. After searching the building, crews determined that the apartments where the fire originated were vacant. No one suffered injuries.
WAVY.com spoke to one residents who credits her neighbor with alerting her to the fire.
"My neighbor banged on the door, she turned my door knob, and said 'Come on out! Come on out! There's a fire out here," Mary said. "I grabbed my three great grandkids and got out as soon as I could."
Mary lives near the apartments that caught fire. She is so frightened about the fire she asked us to conceal her identity. Mary told WAVY.com the suspicious fire is just another thing to fear in a neighborhood where she is always worried.
"It's dangerous out here. There are shooting outside my neighbors house all the time," Mary said. You have to duck and dodge. It's dangerous. I don't like living out here.
Crews were able to bring the fire under control by 8:30 a.m.
Fire officials say that four apartments will have to be condemned as a result of the fire and six adults were displaced.
Investigators say the fire is suspicious.
Mary told WAVY.com she is not surprised officials are investigating the blaze as a suspicious.
"Don't nothing strike me as odd in this part. It really don't. Anything is likely to happen around here. I want to move to tell you the hones truth. It's just getting so dangerous out here now. I don't feel safe."
Around 8:40 p.m. Saturday night, fire crews responded to the 4500 block of Baughman Court in the same apartment complex. Firefighters found smoke coming from a second-floor apartment when they arrived and were quickly able to bring the fire under control.
In Saturday night's incident, a firefighter suffered a minor injury. He was treated at the scene. No civilians were injured, and no other apartments were damaged.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.
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